TO ALL GARC Members:
The installation of the equipment to provide an audio link for NASA Space
Shuttle audio is complete. A 2-meter Cushcraft beam has been installed on
the rooftop at Beaty Towers, new coaxial feedline was pulled, and the
receiver has been connected to the repeater controller.
To activate the link in receive mode, the code is 61. To turn the link
off, the code is 63. This is a user-level code, so anyone can send it to
the repeater. Please follow proper identification procedures and give
your callsign first before sending DTMF codes over the air as a courtesy
to the repeater control operators.
A website has been created to describe the link and is available from the
main GARC page at http://grove.ufl.edu/~garc
A press release has been issued to the Alligator and Gainesville Sun.
Launch is scheduled for Thursday, January 16th, at 10:39 am with a 2 hour
and 30 minute launch window, 95% chance of good weather for launch, and
partly cloudy skies for viewing. This will be a 39 degree inclination
launch, so it will not travel as far north as the 50+ degree launches.
If you wish to monitor the repeater for normal amateur traffic, you can
use the sub-audible tone squelch feature of your radio set to 123.0 Hertz.
This will block out everything except transmissions that are repeated from
146.310 Mhz (the repeater input).
Press Release follows:
Gator Amateur Radio Club
January 15th, 2003
The Gator Amateur Radio Club, a University of Florida student
organization, installed a new radio link from the NASA Space Shuttle
to the W4DFU amateur radio repeater system.
Live Mission Control audio from NASA may be heard locally on 146.910
MegaHertz. This frequency is in the VHF band, and may be tuned and
received by many police scanners and amateur radio 2-meter transceivers.
The next launch of the Space Shuttle is scheduled for Thursday, January
16th at 10:39 am. http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/ Launch coverage will
begin at 7:30 am on NASA Television and over the radio link.
Space Shuttle launches are readily observered from Gainesville with a
clear view to the east-southeast horizon. The weather forecast for
Thursday is partly cloudy skies, and viewing may be partially obscured.
Observers will appreciate the instant reports over the link from NASA
because launches are sometimes scrubbed.
Additional coverage of Space Shuttle launches may be heard on
WRUF-AM 850 about 30 seconds prior to launch and about a minute after
The Space Shuttle mission audio link was made possible through the
generous donation of radio equipment and antennas from amateur radio
operators in Gainesville; Cushcraft Corporation in Manchester, N.H.;
University of Florida Housing Maintenance; and ham radio operators
Joe DiPietro, N2UF, Jeff Capehart, W4UFL and Todd Sherman, KB4MHH.
For additional information about the Gator Amateur Radio Club, please
call 846-0239 or email: [log in to unmask] Visit the GARC website:
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